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The Right to Buy scheme gives most financially secure council tenants (and some housing association tenants) the right to buy their home at a discount.  

Do I qualify?

You could be eligible for a Right to Buy discount if:

  • You are a council tenant OR you were a council tenant and were living in your home when it was transferred to your current housing association landlord
  • The property is your only or main home
  • You have been a public sector tenant (usually a tenant of a council or a housing association) for at least 3 years. For a list of Public sector Landlords please visit the Government website
  • You don’t live in sheltered housing or other housing particularly suitable for elderly or disabled people
  • Your home is not due to be demolished
  • You don’t have any legal problems with debt
  • You don’t have any outstanding possession orders

If you can answer ‘yes’ to these statements, you are probably eligible but your landlord will need to confrm this.

Secure tenants who are not entitled to Right to Buy

  • Tenants of fully sheltered housing schemes for the elderly with a resident warden
  • Tenants of some properties that have been specially adapted for people with disabilities
  • Certain properties which are let to older people or those with disabilities, for example, bungalows
  • In situations where a court makes a possession order that says you must leave your home
  • If you have been served a notice saying that the council intends to demolish your home

Right to Buy discounts

You can get a discount on the market value of your home when you buy it if you qualify for Right to Buy.

The discount is based on:

  • how long you’ve been a tenant with a public sector landlord, see Discount rates for details
  • the type of property you’re buying - a flat or house
  • the value of your home

If you’re buying with someone else, you count the years of whoever’s been a public sector tenant the longest.

You’ll usually have to repay some or all your discount if you sell your home within 5 years.

You might get a smaller discount if you’ve used Right to Buy in the past.

For further guidance on discounts, including a Right to Buy calculator which helps you work out if you can afford it, please visit the Government website

Read the full details on available discount rates.

Things to consider before you apply

If you buy your home, it is important to remember that there will be a number of expenses to consider as part of the house-buying process. There will also be ongoing costs of owning a home.

You should think about how you would make payments if you (or anyone you are buying with) lost some, or all, of their income.

Remember, buying your home is a big decision. If you haven't done so already, you should get impartial financial and legal advice before buying. You can get free information and advice from:

How to apply

Click on the links below for more information on the Right to Buy scheme:

Before filling in the application please ensure you have electronic copies of all the documents you will need to upload to the form, these can be scans or good quality, clear photographs. You will need electronic copies of:

  • 'Authority to disclose' form - One for each of your previous Landlords who are not Charnwood Borough Council. You will need to have completed it with the landlord details and signed it. This is so that we have your permission to contact your previous landlords to confirm the details you give us.
  • Evidence of how you will be paying for the property (i.e. mortgage offer, Bank statements or Gifting letter and ID from the person making the gift/payment). Please read our Anti-Money Laundering Process webpage, especially the section marked Part E.

Apply for the Right to Buy your Council property

If the above form doesn't work for any reason, contact property services on 01509 634835 or email Right.To.Buy@charnwood.gov.uk.

Once you have made your application, there are strict timescales for tenants who wish to buy their home, so if you do not respond within the timescales, you will need to re-apply. It is important that you respond within the timescales provided when we contact you.

Charnwood’s 'right of first refusal’ to buy back ex-council properties sold through Right to Buy

All properties (freehold and leasehold) sold under Right to Buy legislation since January 18, 2005 contain a covenant which requires any owner intending to sell their property within 10 years of purchase from Charnwood Borough Council a requirement to offer the property back to the Council.

For more information please go to www.charnwood.gov.uk/right_to_first_refusal.

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Last updated: Thu 15th April, 2021 @ 14:44